Prevalence of Obesity, No Leisure-Time Physical Activity, and Short Sleep Duration Among Occupational Groups in 29 States

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Abstract

Objective:

The aim of this study was to examine prevalence of obesity (body mass index of 30 or higher), no leisure-time physical activity in the past 30 days (no LTPA), and short sleep duration (averaging less than 7 hours of sleep per 24-hour period) among 22 occupational groups.

Methods:

We analyzed 2013 and 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from 29 states, controlling for sex, age, race/ethnicity, and education.

Results:

By occupation, prevalence ranged from 16.1% to 35.8% for obesity, 11.3% to 28.7% for no LTPA, and 31.4% to 42.9% for short sleep. Only Transportation & Material Moving ranked among the top five occupations for all three risk factors. Obesity and no LTPA varied significantly by sex for several occupations.

Conclusion:

Prevalence of obesity, no LTPA, and short sleep varied by occupation and affected more than one in five U.S. workers.

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